Sony is rumored to borrow Olympus’ impressive 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, which can be found in cameras such as the PEN E-P5 and the OM-D EM-6.
Sony and Olympus have signed a partnership in the past. The former has become the latter’s largest shareholder, following a multi-million dollar deal.
Although it started as a partnership regarding medical devices, it has been confirmed that future Olympus cameras will come packed with Sony image sensors. On the other hand, Olympus will return the favor by manufacturing lenses for Sony’s A-mount and E-mount cameras.
Sony rumored to borrow 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization technology from Olympus
Well, according to the latest gossip talk, the deal between the two parties will not stop there. Olympus is the maker of a powerful five-axis image stabilization technology and Sony has set its mind on it.
First Sony full frame A-mount cameras with 5-axis SSM technique are coming in early 2014
This option will be available on A-mount shooters and the PlayStation manufacturer is rumored to introduce several of them next year. The first will be launched in early 2014, while many others will be revealed at Photokina 2014.
The combination may prove to be a “killer” one, as both Sony’s sensors and Olympus’ 5-axis SSM tech are among the best on the market, therefore they can only get better.
Sony is actively working on next-generation JPEG engine and could “steal” some Olympus ideas
It appears that Sony has big plans for the future, as its upcoming devices will also sport a new JPEG engine, codenamed Honami. Sources speculate that it would not be a surprise if Olympus supplies its JPEG engine, allowing Sony to focus on more important things.
Several new Zuiko lenses will be available for A-mount cameras, including the recently-rumored 400mm f/4. Many others will follow the same path soon, as SLT cameras will be ready to challenge their Nikon and Canon counterparts.